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War Over the World's Largest Hindu Shrine

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 20 March 2012, 12:37 Hrs   |    15 Comments
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Bangalore: A foundation-laying ceremony has been held in Patna, Bihar earlier this month for the creation of what is said to be the tallest Hindu temple anywhere in the world - which is nothing unusual in India. But what became a matter of diplomatic confrontation between India and Cambodia is the same proposed Hindu temple in the banks of Ganges River as it’s the replica of Cambodia's Angkor Wat, the country’s most popular tourist attraction and national symbol. Mahavir Mandir Trust, a privately run India-based religious organization, is behind this 100 crore project and 'bhoomi pujan' (land purification) has been held at the site near Hajipur.

The massive replica of the 12th century Cambodian temple will be called ‘Virat Angkor Wat Ram Mandir’ and will be build in a sprawling 40-acer site on the Hajipur-Bidupur road near Ismailpur village.

The Cambodian government called the move to make a higher replica of its national symbol a “shameful act” and warned that this could affect the future relationships with India. “'There is only one Angkor Wat in the world, it is Cambodia's Angkor Wat temple, which was listed as one of the world heritage sites in 1992,'' Cambodia's Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, Him Chhem, told reporters in Phnom Penh.


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Reader's comments(15)
1: Actually a replica of the Taj Mahal has already been built in Bangladesh. So what's the big deal here?
Posted by:Jai Misra - 22 Apr, 2012
2: Let's not be copycats, let's design something better
Posted by:Shaik - 27 Mar, 2012
3: Religion turning into commerce. What a pity.
Posted by:Guest - 24 Mar, 2012
4: The idea of constructing a replica is not a good idea. People go to places like Ankor Wat not only because it is a mginificent structure, but because it has history behind it. What values will you associate with a replica in Hajipur? If at all you want to construct something so meaningful get a new design and construct it.
Posted by:Ashok Kumar - 23 Mar, 2012
5: Cambodian temple was built about 600 years ago and since then many people have used it for many purpose. It remained a hindu temple for some centuries and then a bhudha shrine and then when Khmer used it for slaughtering people. They displayed the dead bodies and skeletons to scare away other people who do not come their way. To salvage it from total ruin India also helped and our workers and artists worked there tirelessly to put it in shape at least partially. Having learnt about its money earning capacity, now Cambodian govt.learnt about the earning capacity of the temple and they do not want a competitor to emerge.
Posted by:Chakkala - 21 Mar, 2012
6: bhoomi pujan is not land purification, but pleasing the god of land to construct something over her..please keep away from such translation which in turn will send wrong message to coming generations
Posted by:Chikoo - 21 Mar, 2012
7: Congress Government is busy with making good business in terms of money, they are least bother about poverty and other concern.Gandhi family has treated indian people like their inherited property, now great people of Aethi, Sultanpur and Rai Bareilly has given them very sweet slap,same kind of reaction is required from all walk of life from all over the country.

they have served Maan Hani ka Notice to Mr Kejriwal-does they are not desreving much more then Mr Kejriwal has said.Mr Montek singh and company should visit rural india and local market for shopping then decide how much required to have single bread and clothes, as they are playing in billions tehy understand that country doesnt required more. Great India's Alibaba nad chalis chor- all the best
Posted by:Ashok Tomar - 20 Mar, 2012
8: Do we need to copy? Let's design something better.
Posted by:Archie DSouza - 20 Mar, 2012
9: Sub: WISDOM- Cosmology Structures-Temples
Cambodia's Angkor Wat temple- is promoting indian culture. plagiarism of any kind is an index for degradation of minds-should be avoided. Cosmology vedas Interlinks help in time -I can suggest new space-cosmology structures to enlighten the Spiritual Integration- Vidyardhi Nanduri
Posted by:vinandi - 20 Mar, 2012
10: So this is a battle of who's more corrupt? And this is why mainline religious organizations shouldn't get a money to play around with,
Posted by:Mitesh Damania - 20 Mar, 2012
11: God is not any ones property. If some one somewhere wishes to replica Tajmahal should we object to it?
Posted by:Rao - 20 Mar, 2012
Taj Mahal has allready got a replica in Bangladesh.
Amit Singh Replied to: Rao - 20 Mar, 2012
13: this is not good, why do we have to copy something that has been built 100s of years ago?
Posted by:ran - 20 Mar, 2012
Because we the best copycat in the world
Unknown Replied to: ran - 20 Mar, 2012
It's not been about copycat.Orignal will always be the one and only.
Amit Singh Replied to: Unknown - 20 Mar, 2012